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Wherever You Go, There You Are!Build, Deploy and Maintain a Homebrew Wi-Fi NetworkCreate a Low-Cost/High-Yield Development Roadmap for Wireless Enthusiasts, Households, Small Businesses and Community GroupsCustomize Wireless Operating Systems, Install Antennas, Build Solar-Powered Access Points and More A few years ago, wireless internet access was just a glint in the eyes of the IT industry. Today, most notebook PCs ship with built-in Wi-Fi capability, and Wi-Fi access points have become as important as the espresso machines at the neighborhood Starbucks. Wireless Hacking provides a low-cost/high-yield blueprint for wireless enthusiasts, households, small businesses and communities. After reading this book, you will be able to build, deploy and maintain a homebrew Wi-Fi network. And if you just want some geek fun, Wireless Hacking won't disappoint. You will be challenged! Written by members of the pioneering SoCalFreeNet Wireless Users Group, Wireless Hacking delivers a series of interrelated projects, with full integration of both hardware and software hacks. Some of the wireless hacks in this book include: Use existing Ethernet cables to provide low-voltage power to Access Points with no additional source of electricity. Install Linux and FreeBSD on low-cost (under $150) Soekris single-board computers.Modify the firmware of your Linksys WRT54g. Construct Solar Powered Access Points and Repeaters for your Wi-Fi network.WarDrive for wireless access points with tools like Kismet and NetStumbler.Install an antenna without killing yourself or changing the earth's orbit. Expand your Wi-Fi network beyond one box and 50 users with MESH network topology. ...Many more hacks andmodifications inside! CONTENTS OF THIS BOOK INCLUDEPart 1: Introduction to Wireless Hacking1: Wireless Background2: SoCalFreeNet.org: Building Large Scale Community Wireless Networks3: Securing Our Wireless CommunityPart 2: Hardware Projects4: 802.11 Access Points5: 802.11 Client CardsPart 3: Software Projects6: Wireless Operating Systems7: Monitoring the Network8: Low-Cost Commercial Options9: Mesh NetworksPart 4: Antennas and Outdoor Enclosure Projects10: Antennas11: Building Outdoor Enclosures and Antenna Masts12: Solar Powered Access Points and Repeaters
Book News Annotation:
Barken (Strategic Technologies and Research Center, San Diego State University) provides a blueprint for building, deploying, and maintaining "homebrew" Wi-Fi (wireless Internet access) networks, for wireless enthusiasts, households, small businesses, and communities. Using the step-by-step instructions presented here, readers will be able to launch an 802.11 (Wi-Fi) network in a community, coffee shop, or other public space. Numerous screenshots and b&w photos of equipment are included.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sales of wireless LANs to home users and small businesses will soar this year, with products using IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) technology leading the way, according to a report by Cahners research. Worldwide, consumers will buy 7.3 million wireless LAN nodes--which include client and network hub devices--up from about 4 million last year. This third book in the "HACKING" series from Syngress is written by the SoCalFreeNet Wireless Users Group and will cover 802.11a/b/g (â€śWi-Fiâ€ť) projects teaching these millions of Wi-Fi users how to "mod" and "hack" Wi-Fi access points, network cards, and antennas to run various Linux distributions and create robust Wi-Fi networks.
Cahners predicts that wireless LANs next year will gain on Ethernet as the most popular home network technology. Consumers will hook up 10.9 million Ethernet nodes and 7.3 million wireless out of a total of 14.4 million home LAN nodes shipped. This book will show Wi-Fi enthusiasts and consumers of Wi-Fi LANs who want to modify their Wi-Fi hardware how to build and deploy â€śhomebrewâ€ť Wi-Fi networks, both large and small.
* Wireless LANs next year will gain on Ethernet as the most popular home network technology. Consumers will hook up 10.9 million Ethernet nodes and 7.3 million wireless clients out of a total of 14.4 million home LAN nodes shipped.
* This book will use a series of detailed, inter-related projects to teach readers how to modify their Wi-Fi hardware to increase power and performance to match that of far more expensive enterprise networking products. Also features hacks to allow mobile laptop users to actively seek wireless connections everywhere they go!
* The authors are all members of the San Diego Wireless Users Group, which is famous for building some of the most innovative and powerful "home brew" Wi-Fi networks in the world.
Cahners predicts that wireless LANs next year will gain on Ethernet as the most popular home network technology. Consumers will hook up 10.9 million Ethernet nodes and 7.3 million wireless out of a total of 14.4 million home LAN nodes shipped. This book shows Wi-Fi enthusiasts and consumers of Wi-Fi LANs how to build and deploy "homebrew" Wi-Fi networks, both large and small.
Table of Contents
Wireless Background; Indoor/Outdoor Deployment Considerations; Wireless Network Models; Hardware Projects; 802.11 Access Points; 802.11 Client Cards; Software Projects; Wireless Operating Systems; Monitoring the Network; Low-Cost Commercial Options; Mesh Networks; Antennas and Outdoor Enclosure Projectsl; Antennas; Building Outdoor Enclosures & Antenna Masts; Solar Powered Access Points and Repeaters Appendix
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